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Laying the Groundwork for the Next America First Administration

Sep 20, 2023, 6:00PM

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On Wednesday, September 20, the America First Policy Institute hosted a speaker series event, where our America First Transition Project Team discussed laying the framework for the next conservative, America First administration to govern effectively on day one.

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) - "We have one huge advantage... our ideas are far more correct than the Left."

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and was the Director of Appointments for the 2016 Presidential Transition, delivered the keynote address and discussed several transition lessons learned, including the need to start early. Following the keynote address, Sen. Hagerty participated in a fireside chat with AFPI President & CEO Brooke Rollins. 

You can listen to Sen. Hagerty's full keynote address HERE and the fireside chat with AFPI President & CEO Brooke Rollins HERE


Doug Hoelscher - "One rogue bureaucrat is one too many... and there's more than one."

As conservatives, the federal bureaucracy is stacked against us—making it twice as hard to govern effectively. That is why it is vital to plan now so we can navigate the swamp and see an America First Agenda implemented successfully. 

Doug Hoelscher, former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, serves as the Chair of the America First Transition Project and helps lead the entire team and set priorities for our transition efforts. During the panel discussion, Doug shared perspective on the scope of our work and how it is important to rein in the administrative state.

Listen to Doug's remarks on the three-pronged approach of the America First Transition Project HERE

Sec. David Bernhardt - "This is a very critical component: having team members who know what they are doing and are committed to the plan."

Serving on multiple presidential transition projects before ultimately serving as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, David Bernhardt knows a thing or two about implementing the right personnel for effective governing in our Nation's capital. 

Watch Sec. David Bernhardt break down what a successful presidential transition project entails HERE

Chad Wolf - "It's not enough to have a plan, you have to implement the plan... If you don't know what you're doing, the administrative state will run circles around you."

Speaking of navigating the administrative state, Chad Wolf, former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, knows all too well the tricks rogue bureaucrats use to divert the administration's agenda. 

With our America First Agenda, we have the plan to save this country. With the personnel and planning of the America First Transition Project, we will be able to implement it... from day one. 

Listen to Chad Wolf recall his personal experience with the administrative state and how this project will cut through the swamp in Washington, D.C. to deliver the America First Agenda HERE

The America First Transition Project is one of AFPI’s most critical projects. This project is laying the foundation for the next administration, charting how to rein in the administrative state and quickly advance the America First Agenda—work that is vital for a more efficient and responsive government.

Featured speakers included: 

AFPI Chair of the Board & Chair of the Center for the American Worker
Former Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

AFPI President & CEO
Former Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Chief Strategist 

Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, and Committee on Rules and Administration
Former Director of Appointments for the 2016 Presidential Transition

AFPI Chair of the Center for American Freedom
Former Secretary of the Interior

AFPI Executive Director & Chair of the Center for Homeland Security & Immigration
Former Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

AFPI Chair of the America First Transition Project
Former Assistant to the President and Director of White House Intergovernmental Affairs

AFPI Director of the America First Transition Project
Former Acting Deputy Director for Management at the Offi ce of Management and Budget

AFPI Senior Advisor for Communications
Former Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President

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